It's a photo finish for jockey Katie on big day
JOCKEY Katie Walsh is a lady used to getting to the starting post on time, but on this occasion she used her bride's prerogative to arrive a little later than usual.
Well-known Kildare trainer and RTE racing pundit Ted Walsh has been by her side on all her big occasions, including her third-place finish in the gruelling Aintree Grand National aboard the family's own horse Seabass.
And, it was no different yesterday as the trainer beamed as he arrived at the church in Kill, Co Kildare.
By his side was his daughter who had exchanged her more commonly sported mud-splattered silks for a full-length ivory dress, with a diamante encrusted high neck, which showcased her toned figure.
After arriving a respectable 15 minutes late, Ted stopped his fussing over his daughter's dress to thank around 20 people from the village of Kill who had given Katie a round of applause as she arrived.
It was a who's who of the racing world as well-known faces from many a winner's enclosure turned out to see Katie tie the knot in glorious sunshine with upcoming jockey-turned- trainer and long-term boyfriend Ross O'Sullivan.
Her famous jockey brother Ruby Walsh was busy ordering her to pose for snaps, while her good friend and sister-in-law, jockey Nina Carberry, was sporting a sling over a collarbone injury she hopes will heal in time for the Galway Festival.
Her sister and jockey agent Jennifer Walsh and friend Sarah Ann Madden were bridesmaids, while the best man was Andrew Duff. The bridesmaids were dressed in contrasting summer coloured full-length dresses, with Jennifer in lime green and yellow, while Sarah wore a purple and pink dress.
Others who listened to Fr Willie Byrne pronounce the pair man and wife were Wexford trainer Paul Nolan and Katie's weigh-room colleagues David Casey, Andrew McNamara, Niall 'Slippers' Madden, Robert Power and Mark Walsh.
Carlow trainer Willie Mullins was amongst the racing set winging their way to the reception at the family home.
Katie has revealed it will be a short honeymoon in Barcelona as she intends to be back in the saddle in time for the Galway Festival which starts on July 29.
The 28-year-old, who lives in Kilcullen with Ross, is ranked as one of racing's top amateurs with wins at Cheltenham in 2010 aboard Poker de Sivola and Thousand Stars.
Her third placing aboard her mother Helen's Seabass in the Aintree Grand National in 2012 ensured her name went into the history books as the only woman ever to finish in the top three places.